"Language is a powerful weapon and in the hands of a skilled person it can be used to manipulate others." Discuss."Language is a powerful weapon and in the hands of a skilled person it can be used...

"Language is a powerful weapon and in the hands of a skilled person it can be used to manipulate others." Discuss.

"Language is a powerful weapon and in the hands of a skilled person it can be used to manipulate others." Discuss.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I suggest actual historical examples. There have been many historical leaders that used language to manipulate. Adolf Hitler comes to mind. Manipulate has a negative connotation. You can also use advertising as an example, because after all isn't that basically what advertising is?
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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a rather clever title in a sense, because it is asking you to show that langauge is a powerful weapon and that it can be used to manipulate others by writing a persuasive essay that itself will attempt to manipulate the reader to supporting whatever stance you take on the issue.

Quite clearly, I would agree with the statement. The art of rhetoric, which is all about trying to persuade people to think the same way as you, is one that is studied extensively and one that we see examples of every day in our lives in politics and other arenas. You only have to look at and analyse speeches from people such as Barak Obama, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln to see the way that language, in the hands of a skilled orator, is a tool of manipulation. You might like to respond to this prompt therefore by picking maybe three famous speeches (you could use the three people mentioned above) and looking at how the speakers used language to manipulate and persuade. If you want some more extreme examples, you might want to think about somebody like Hitler or Stalin. Good luck! This is a really interesting question.

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